Easton Oliverson of the Snow Canyon Little League in Utah suffered a fractured skull after falling from a bunk in the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pa., while sleeping in August. He was put into a medically induced coma and underwent several surgeries.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday in Pennsylvania state court by Easton’s parents, Jess and Nancy Oliverson, and is seeking punitive and punitive damages of at least $50,000 on allegations of negligence and liability.
According to the lawsuit, bed maker Savoy Contract Furniture and Little League were negligent “by failing to get the bed rails,” which allowed Easton to fall.
“Savoy designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed and/or sold the bunk bed in such a severe and defective condition that it does not contain all the elements necessary to make it safe for its intended use,” the court filing states. .
The parents also claimed that their son suffered as a result of “severe and permanent injuries”, according to the lawsuit.
Major League Baseball Inc. declined to comment on pending lawsuits. CNN was unable to reach Savoy for comment.
On August 17, shortly after the crash, Little League released a statement to CNN, saying that the bleachers in the ballparks do not have guardrails.
“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to provide more room for players to enjoy their time in the dorms. While these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries that have occurred during that time period. . . .” “Out of an abundance of caution, the Little League made the decision to remove all beds from the dorms and place each bed individually on the floor.”
Oliverson’s support came after news of his injury made national headlines.
The Brigham Young University football team and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts provided Instagram videos of support for Easton.
CNN’s Caroline Song, Kevin Dotson and Zenbu Sela contributed to this report.